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Ukraine: Kyiv Pass Stern Test

07 February 2005
Alexei Naumov

BC Kyiv overcame a tough challenge from MBC Mykolaiv in this weekend’s Ukrainian Superleague game and celebrated a confident 86-99 away win.

The visitors grabbed the lead early in the game and never allowed it to slip away. Ioannis Giannoulis lead BC Kyiv with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Lamarr Greer and Sergei Chikalkin scored 17 apiece and Veljko Mrsic added 16.

The Superleague’s leading scorer Alexander Rayevskiy continued his good form for Mykolaiv, tallying a game high 33 points.

On Monday, BC Kyiv will travel to Bulgaria for their last FIBA Europe League group stage game against CSKA Sofia. Although the Ukrainian side will remain second regardless of the score, Renato Pasquali refuses to consider a loss.

“We are planning to give playing time to the players that were not used so much in the previous games. However, a win will still be important for us, even though it will not affect our standings,” – said Kyiv's Head Coach.

“CSKA Sofia are a very strong team and they deserved to be 3rd in our group. A series of unfortunate injuries followed them throughout this season and affected their performance. I still wonder how we managed to defeat them by 23 points."

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